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Undergraduate Course: Approaches to translation from and into Japanese 4: 1 (combined) (ASST10134)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides non-native Japanese students with the essential skills for translating both from and into Japanese and an understanding of relevant theoretical implications. The work will consist of topic-based translation, reading of parallel texts, and evaluation of translated text for both human and non-human translators.
The work will consist of a series of tasks in translating from and into Japanese and providing summaries of texts. Students will also have the opportunity to consider theoretical and practical implications of translation and precis and to practise advanced grammatical analysis. This will be done through class discussion of the tasks assigned.
Course description Semester 1:
Lectures will be delivered in weeks 1, 4 and 7, dealing with various aspects of translation such as contrastive language studies, use and evaluation of language tools, approaches to different types of texts, etc.
In weeks 3, 5, 7, and 9, there will be task-based tutorials relating to the topics covered in the preceding week's lecture.

Week 1 Lecture 1
Week 2 Tutorial: practical exercises in translation
Week 3 Tutorial: practical exercises in translation
Week 4 Lecture 2
Week 5 Tutorial: practical exercises in translation
Week 6 Tutorial: practical exercises in translation
Week 7 Lecture 3
Week 8 Tutorial: practical exercises in translation
Week 9 Tutorial: practical exercises in translation
Week 10: No class: individual assignment
Week 11: Feedback session

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Japanese Year Abroad 3 (Single) (ASST10127) OR Japanese Year Abroad 3 (Combined) (ASST10129)) AND Japanese Language 3 (ASST10128)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
Produce accurate and effective translations both from and into Japanese, using a written style that is appropriate to the context and reflects that of the source text
Read, understand, translate and summarize Japanese texts that use the characters recommended for daily use and advanced grammar and syntax
Describe, explain and analyse Japanese grammar and syntax to an advanced level
Reading List
Baker, M. (2011) In Other Words: A Coursebook on Translation, Second edition, London, New York: Routledge.

Fawcett, P. (2003) Translation and Language: Linguistic Theories Explained, Manchester, UK & Northampton, MA: St Jerome Publishing.

Handbook of Translation Studies 2011, [Online],

Hasegawa, Y. (2012) The Routledge Course in Japanese Translation, London and New York: Routledge.

Hatim, B. and Mason, I. (1997) The Translator as Communicator, London: Routledge.

Munday, J. (ed.) (2008) The Routledge Companion to Translation Studies. Revised Edition, London, New York: Routledge.

Nord, C. (2012) Translating as a Purposeful Activity: Functionalist Approaches Explained, Manchester, UK: St Jerome Publishing.

Paul, Gillian. (ed.) (2009) Translation in Practice, British Centre for Literary Translation, Arts Council England, The Society of Authors, British Council, and Dalkey Archive Press.

Ryan, Marleigh Grayer (1980) "Translating Modern Japanese Literature. " Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1. pp. 49-60
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Course organiserDr Helen Parker
Tel: (0131 6)50 4230
Course secretaryMr David Horn
Tel: (0131 6)50 4227
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